EPD Issues Another Notice of Violations to Wilbros

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division hits Wilbros with another notice of violation on its wastewater treatment permit.

In a letter to Wilbros dated on October 18, the EPD stated what it calls violations of the Permit including the failure to sample wastewater effluent and exceeding wastewater discharge limits.

The EPD wrote that it reviewed the facility’s Operation Monitoring Reports for the reporting period of February 1 through July 31 and conducted a recent inspection of the facility on Rose   Lane in relation to this letter.

According to the EPD, these violations result in the facility being in significant non-compliance and as such Wilbros is being added to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Quarterly Noncompliance Report.

Wilbros was asked in the letter to submit any further explanations or corrective actions already taken within 15 days of receipt of the letter.

Following that, the EPD said it will review all of the information to determine if further enforcement action, including monetary penalty, is warranted.

Wilbros has been at the center of controversy regarding odor coming for the facility for a number of years.

It is already under a consent order with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division regarding previous permit violations.

In addition, it is under a court order to take certain steps experts say should mitigate the odor as part of a civil suit filed against the Wilbros facility by the Stephens County Board of Commissioners, a local citizens’ group, and other agencies.